I think I told you of the disasters which occurred this time last year, with hail storms that damaged cars and the house. Then there was the collision which wrote off our small car, and the ducted heating packing up at the start of last winter. Then late in November, my daughter woke one morning to find the cat had died in her bedroom overnight. During the week before Christmas my daughter noticed a swelling on the tummy of our 5 year old Spoodle. We took the dog to the vet who removed the lump ($1300) and sent it for pathology. Got the result yesterday. Lymphoma - incurable. Prognosis - weeks, maybe a few months, but not years. How much longer can this continue?